Howard County Economic Development launches new site

Tim Windsor —  December 12, 2012

hcedaThere’s a new resource for businesses in Howard County. The Howard County Economic Development Authority today launched its new website, www.hceda.org.

The site features clean site-wide navigation and a focus on utility, with major sections including “Start a business,” “Grow a business,” and “Relocate a business.”

“When we promote Maryland as an ideal location to start and grow a business, we talk about the unique characteristics of each jurisdiction,” said Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. “You can’t talk about Howard County without mentioning its positive business climate, quality of life, well-educated workforce and outstanding schools. The new HCEDA website tells the story of what makes Maryland great and will serve as a terrific resource and business development tool for the State.”

If you’re doing business in Howard County, hceda.org belongs in your browser’s bookmarks.

The full release is after the break.

HOWARD COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE

One-Stop Site for Businesses and Consumers Looking for Economic Development Information

COLUMBIA, MD (December 12, 2012) – The Howard County Economic Development Authority today announced the launch of its new website, www.hceda.org. The goal of the new site is to better promote Howard County, Maryland, as the premier location to live, work and do business. The new site is meant to be clean, dynamic and easy to navigate with interactive features.

“When we were looking to create a new website, we didn’t want visitors to struggle to find information,” said Laura A. Neuman, HCEDA CEO. “We wanted it to have a crisp look and feel, but more importantly, be intuitive, user-friendly and supplement the work being performed by our professional HCEDA team. We have achieved this goal.”

The homepage of the new site tells the stories of successful businesses that are already making their homes in Howard County. There are five key tabs across the top of the homepage of the site that will lead visitors to information about starting a business, growing a business, relocating a business, farms and agriculture and a link to the HCEDA’s Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. Clicking into the “Start a Business” tab, for example, provides information on everything a new business owner needs to know before setting up shop. Established businesses looking to grow will find information about funding options, real estate and workforce information. The farms and agriculture tab will lead visitors through starting a farm and even helps consumers identify local farmer’s markets.

“For companies looking to grow or relocate to Howard County, the search often begins online,” said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. “The new HCEDA site makes an excellent first impression and in a matter of a few clicks a business or entrepreneur can find what they need to know about Howard County – from our physical climate to our business climate. I am pleased with this new economic development site. It accomplishes exactly what we wanted it to and more.”

“When we promote Maryland as an ideal location to start and grow a business, we talk about the unique characteristics of each jurisdiction,” said Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. “You can’t talk about Howard County without mentioning its positive business climate, quality of life, well-educated workforce and outstanding schools. The new HCEDA website tells the story of what makes Maryland great and will serve as a terrific resource and business development tool for the State.”

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